Saturday, November 28, 2009

Queen dusts off her wedding day tiara for Trinidad visit

I see the Queen stepping out with the National Birds of Trinidad and Tobago stitchedon to her dress.


"They were diamonds fit for a queen then - and they are diamonds fit for a queen now.
Queen Elizabeth has dusted off her wedding day tiara for a state visit to Trinidad and Tobago.
The monarch, accompanied by Prince Philip, wore the tiara for a state banquet given by President George Maxwell Richards.And the recycled George III tiara she first wore so proudly in 1947 was not her only nod to credit crunch couture."




"Often during state visits, the Queen will honour her host country through her wardrobe.
However, yesterday, she went one step further than wearing a national colour – by donning wildlife instead.
The Queen thrilled the 300 guests with a hand-beaded ball gown elaborately decorated with the national birds of both islands.


A brightly hued scarlet ibis and cocrico had been stitched into the white fabric, along with the Caribbean archipelago’s ruby-coloured national flower, the chaconia.
In a nod to sensible fashion spending, however, the emblems will not be a permanent fixture on the gown, as they are detachable.
This means they can be unstitched and removed so other tributes can be added to the dress during future state visits."
By ROBERT HARDMAN



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